Interview duration: Taped, 60 minutes.
Location: Students Home, Jerusalem.
Time: 8 p.m. Dina was relaxed and dressed in a casual sweatshirt and plain blue denim skirt. She wore no makeup. It was evident that teenage acne had taken its toll on her face, but it appeared as if she was over the worst of it. Interview Questions:
The interview consisted of 70 questions divided into three categories. Questions referring to Dina's pre-Aliyah school experience - Part 1
1. Where were you born?
2. Where are you in line of your other siblings?
3. Where did you go to school?
4. Did you like your school in Canada?
5. Did you have a lot of friends in school in Canada?
6. Did you have a best friend in Canada?
7. Are you still in contact with that person?
8. Did you have any specific learning difficulties as a high school student in Canada? 9. What specific help did you receive with your learning difficulties in Canada? 10. Was the help and support you received with your learning difficulties successful in overcoming those specific difficulties? 11. Do you feel your learning experience in Canada positive one?
Questions about Dina's high school experience in Israel
1. When did you arrive in Israel?
2. How old were you when you arrived in Israel?
3. What was your first reaction when your parents decided to make Aliyah? 4. Did you want to come to Israel as much as your parents? 5. How many times did you visit Israel before coming here to live? 6. Did you have prior knowledge of Hebrew?
7. Are either of your parents Hebrew speakers?
8. Once the decision had been made by your family to come to Israel, what was your biggest concern about making the move? 9. How well do you think you adjusted to new or stressful situations here in Israel? 10. Do you have friends or family already living in Israel? 11. What personal preparations or research did you do before coming to Israel? 12. What was the most difficult thing to leave behind when you moved to Israel? 13. Was it important for you that your family would move to a predominantly English speaking community? 14. With whom did you discuss your concerns or hopes about coming to school in Israel? 15. What were you expectations before coming to high school in Israel? 16. Have any of those expectation's been realized?
17. How did you choose a school in Israel?
18. Are you happy with your choice of school?
19. Did you take any special tests to see if you had any special needs before entering high school in Israel? 20. Did you have to repeat a year or part of a year?
21. Was it important for you that your studies be mostly conducted in Hebrew or English? 22. Do you think you were given sufficient support and confidence to make the transition to Israel? 23. Do you receive special allowances when you take exams in school? for example extra time, oral tests, etc. 24. Do you have a special tutor for any of the subjects that you study in school?
25. What is the level of discipline in your school?
26. How does it compare to the school discipline you experienced in Canada? 27. What do you think is the ONE big difference between being a high school student in Israel and being a high school student in Canada? 28. Do you feel your learning experience in Israel is a positive one? 29. Do you think your parents should have moved to Israel at an earlier or later stage of your schooling? 30. Do you think your transition from high school in Canada to high school in Israel has been a successful one? 31. What do you think is the key to successful integration in Israel? 32. What do you think in the most troubling aspect of being a teenager in Israel? 33. Are the troubling aspects of being a teenager in Israel different from those in Canada?
Questions about Dina's social interaction
1. For you. What makes a...